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Airbus and Siemens Work on Hybrid Electric Aircraft

Airbus and Siemens just have commended that sign a long-term cooperation agreement in the field of hybrid-electric drive systems. The joint project team will count about 200 employees. The whole thing is to develop “disruptive innovations in e-mobility for aerospace industry-exploration”.

The two companies signed an agreement in Munich. In this way the directors, Tom Enders and Joe Kaeser, started an important joint project, aiming to electrification. They want this way to demonstrate the feasibility of various hybrid electric drive systems by the year 2020, so in just four years. The two companies will bring to the project a significant contribution, setup a 200-strong team, which is supposed to “strengthen Europe as a leader in the field of innovation and the construction of the electric-powered aircraft.

Siemens is a world leading company in Power Electric Production

Hybrid-electric drive systems can significantly reduce fuel consumption and noise produced by aircraft. European emission targets imply a limitation of CO2 emissions by 75 percent by 2050 compared with 2000. These ambitious objectives can not be achieved using conventional technology. And this of course means that we should soon start working towards minimizing emissions.

Airbus has no choice but to go forward

The Airbus Group and Siemens plan to jointly develop prototypes of the various systems of power from a few hundred kilowatts to ten and more megawatts, suitable for short, local flights, planes with less than 100 seats, for use in helicopters or drones and also travel to the classic short and medium range. The two companies together with the Austrian company Diamond Aircraft presented already a hybrid aircraft in 2011. Since then, Siemens is working on an electric motor, which provides 5 x more power while maintaining the same weight. The Airbus Group gathers the knowledge of operating electric-powered aircraft from 2014, testing the E-Fan, twin electric plane designed for pilot training. It was created as a result of cooperation with multiple partners and industrial, with the support of the French Government.

The Airbus Group intends to speed up work on components and system technologies by increasing the possibility of the planned “Center E-Aircraft System House” in establishments. Siemens in turn in the future wants to develop activities related to electric hybrid propulsion systems. The partners have agreed to the exclusive cooperation in selected areas. In parallel, the two companies will continue to work with the current partners of the small aircraft, with less than 20 seats.

Day to day more companies designing own human carrier. Nowadays anyone can build his own air-transport kit from the scratch with publicly available components.